Earlier this month, we reported to you that Mission: Impossible 5 not only has an official writer (Iron Man III co-writer Drew Pearce), but it was set to begin filming at the end of 2013, after Tom Cruise wrapped shooting on the film version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Well, Mission: Impossible 5 might get a slightly earlier start, as Cruise has now quit The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Why? Apparently, Cruise ditched the remake of the classic television show to focus on his other cinematic version of an old television show—the Mission: Impossible franchise. Cruise is apparently set to focus on producing and acting in the fifth entry to the franchise with the same amount of intense prep that went into the very successful (and extremely enjoyable) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
It’s just the latest in a long line of bad news for The Man From U.N.C.L.E., as the project has already lost director Steven Soderbergh, as well as star George Clooney. Guy Ritchie is now set to direct, and he’s now got to find another star to anchor the project.
Mission: Impossible 5 has yet to snag a director, but Christopher McQuarrie is rumored to be the frontrunner for the gig.
What do you think of the Tom Cruise news?